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Gluten-Free Meat and Vegetable Hand Pies

These delicious Irish Pasties are fun to make and delicious to eat! Vary the filling based on what you have on hand, and pack any leftovers in lunchboxes for a delicious meal the next day.
Course main
Cuisine Gluten Free
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 10 -12
Author Cara Comini

Ingredients



  • For the Filling: 1 tablespoon bacon fat
    leftover from baked bacon or tallow, coconut oil, or butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef buy here
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste


  • For the Pastry
  • 4 tablespoons bacon grease butter, or coconut oil (or 50g)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons or 300 g Gluten-Free Baking and Pancake Mix (I use this one)
  • 1 teaspoon xantham gum buy here
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs: One for the pastry and one mixed to brush on top of the finished hand pies prior to baking.

Instructions

  1. Start caramelizing the onions
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the 1 tablespoon bacon fat or other fat for the filling.
  3. Once fat is melted, add onions and allow to cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they start to turn gold.
  4. As the onions cook, make pastry
  5. Place the bacon grease into the hot water to melt.
  6. As the bacon grease melts into the water, combine the Gluten-Free Baking Mix, xanthan gum, salt, and egg in a medium bowl.
  7. While you stir, add in the hot water mixture until a dough forms.
  8. If needed, add up to 2 more tablespoons hot water or 1/4 cup baking mix if the mixture is too dry or too wet to make a dough that holds together.
  9. Allow the pastry dough to rest in the bowl, uncovered, as you complete the rest of the filling.
  10. For the Filling
  11. Add 1/2 pound ground beef to the caremalized onions and brown, breaking into small pieces with a metal spatula or wooden spoon as it browns.
  12. Once the ground beef starts to brown, add the diced carrots, sea salt, and thyme. Continue cooking until beef is browned, approx 10 more minutes.
  13. Remove from heat.
  14. To assemble the hand pies
  15. Preheat oven to 375*
  16. Remove a golf-ball sized piece of dough and roll between parchment paper into a circle that is approximately 1/4 inch thick and 4 inches across.
  17. Place 2 tablespoons filling as shown, on one side of the circle of dough, leaving space around the edge to pinch closed.
  18. Fold empty pastry half over the filling, then use your fingers or a fork to pinch closed.
  19. Repeat for remaining pastry and filling, placing 1 inch apart on baking sheet that has been covered in parchment paper.
  20. Once all pasties are complete, mix 1 egg in a small bowl and brush lightly over the top of the pasties. This gives them the shiny finish.
  21. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  22. Serve and enjoy! We like to serve with mustard to dip.

Recipe Notes

Serving suggestion: Mustard is great for dipping, and Roasted Cabbage Steaks can complete this Irish-themed meal.

You'll notice that I included weight measurements for the pastry. A food scalecan make very accurate measuring easy- simply 'tare' between each addition of ingredients and there is no need to dirty a bunch of measuring cups.

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Meat and Vegetable Hand Pies
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.